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In Conversation with Lower Than Atlantis

Post-hardcore quartet Lower Than Atlantis are currently on a UK tour in support of last year’s album Safe In Sound. They’ve been playing intimate venues throughout the country in towns and cities that usually lie outside most bands’ itineraries, with dates on the South Coast, and a homecoming gig in Watford still to look forward to this April. In May they embark on a second leg, taking in Oxford and Reading before heading to Wales, the North, and Scotland. With an eagerness to revisit venues from their early days and discover new places, it is evident that Lower than Atlantis’ enthusiasm regarding smaller venues hasn’t changed, despite commercial success. Fans of LTA’s earlier work are in for a treat, with a track-list comprising mainly of their earlier albums. Speaking to bassist Dec Hart recently, I spoke to them about their musical inspirations and future plans.

Like many bands of their genre, Lower than Atlantis have experimented with their musical style, seeking influence from anywhere and everywhere. From classic bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, to UK Jazz and Spotify charts, one thing they have in common is their role in influencing LTA’s music, resulting in variation between albums. Despite their variations in sound, there has been minimal change lyrically, with the same thoughtful and meaningful lyrics as ever from Mike Duce. One of few bands nowadays who haven’t done many collaborations, Dec said that the band generally preferred doing their own thing, but would be open to collaborating with interesting artists in the future.

Playing the main stage at Reading was a particular highlight of LTA’s musical career, and fans can anticipate more festival appearances, which are yet to be announced. Dec expressed interest in festivals based in mainland Europe, complimenting the atmosphere and excellent hospitality, but appearances are yet to be confirmed.

Fans awaiting a world tour must remain patient, as they are currently working on new material. Although an album isn’t confirmed for release until 2019, they’re currently working on a track they hope to release soon, a little something to look forward to!



Sukirti Lohani